Proteas Women all-rounder Sune Luus has been rewarded for her excellent form in 2016 with a place in the inaugural ICC Women’s Team of the Year.
In what has been a bit of a disappointing season for the Proteas Women, the shining light has undoubtedly been 20-year-old Luus, whose efforts with her leg-break and vastly improved batting displays has seen her crack the nod in the world’s elite.
In the 22 ODIs she’s played this year, she’s taken 37 wickets at an average of 20.4. In the ICC Championship matches, which count towards ranking points and qualification spots for next year’s World Cup, Luus has been even better. In fact, she’s been the best. Her average of 18.91 is the best in the world, edging out Australia’s Jess Jonassen for top spot (19.09).
She’s at No 9 in the batting order in the ICC team, but recently she’s found herself opening for the Proteas, and hit three half-centuries in a row while she was on tour Down Under. She’s scored 399 runs at an average of 23.47, which looks set to improve next year with her new role at the top of the order.
With 50 wickets from her 36 matches in national colours, she sits in fifth in the all-time charts for her country, which is an incredible feat for someone so young.
She’s amongst some household names in that list, joining Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, arguably the world’s best batter and all-rounder respectively, while World Cup-winning West Indian Stafanie Taylor is the skipper.